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This Week's Carenote - 10/19/10

Hello and thanks for your time.

To make a long story short, my father passed away 4/1/2010, leaving my sister as the sole caregiver over our two intellectually disabled brothers. She had to leave her home, friends and job in Texas and move into our fatherís home in Louisiana to take care of them. It is a 24/7 job. They are completely unable to be left alone or to fend for themselves. They have been tested and, although they are over the age of 40, they have the aptitude of a 6 year old and as much understanding. They have a disability check coming in which is closely monitored by the state.  My sister has no money of her own.
 
Is there a way she can get some kind of government income for herself as a caregiver? I read about a program called "IHSS", but it seems to only be in California. I had a friend in Virginia who was paralyzed and her mother was paid to care for her, but I donít know any details. I would appreciate any information you could give me that would help my sister.
 
I am sure you have tons of stories every day, so thank you for being there for us.
 
TL

 

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